I'm currently reading:
"In schools, men's dominance in the academic hierarchy, teachers' stereotypical attitudes and peer pressure subtly connect femininity with interpersonal skills and caring roles, and masculinity with scientific, leadership roles. Girls are seen as bright and academic but are channelled into arts, humanities and languages, and away from science and computing."
"When you mention, casually and perhaps over coffee, that you made jam last weekend, the question will not be 'Does it taste wonderful?' but 'Did it set?' The British jam-maker is obsessed with getting their jam so stiff you could turn the jar upside down and the contents would stay put. The rest of Europe makes jam that slides sexily off the mound of clotted cream and dribbles down the edge of the scone (an exquisite moment if ever there was one). We make jam that sits prim and straight, like a Victorian child at Sunday school."
"It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs."